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Bill Detail: SB22-118

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Title Encourage Geothermal Energy Use
Status Governor Signed (06/03/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
  • Local Government
House Sponsors D. Valdez (D)
R. Holtorf (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Woodward (R)
N. Hinrichsen (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/03/2022

The bill modifies the following statutory provisions that apply to
solar energy so that they also apply to geothermal energy, which generally
is using the heat of the earth to generate electricity or to heat or cool
space or water:
  • Section 1 of the bill requires the Colorado energy office
(office) to develop basic consumer education and guidance

about leased or purchased geothermal installation, in
consultation with industries that offer these options to
  • Sections 2, 6, and 8 limit the aggregate of all charges or
other related or associated fees the state, a county, or a
municipality may impose or assess to install a geothermal
energy system;
  • Section 3 specifies that geothermal equipment is a type of
pollution control equipment that the division of
administration in the department of public health and
environment may certify as pollution control equipment;
  • Section 4 specifies that a project for purposes of the
County and Municipality Development Revenue Bond
Act includes capital improvements to existing
single-family residential, multi-family residential,
commercial, or industrial structures, to retrofit such
structures for installation of geothermal improvements;
  • Section 5 permits a county board of commissioners or a
regional planning commission, and section 9 requires a
municipal development commission, to include methods
for assuring access to appropriate conditions for
geothermal energy sources in a master plan for
  • Section 7 specifies that the addition of a geothermal energy
device to a building is not necessarily considered a
structural alteration for purposes of continuing a
nonconforming use of a building, structure, or land under
a county zoning resolution;
  • Section 10 permits the Colorado agricultural value-added
development board to use some of the money in the
agriculture value-added cash fund for geothermal energy
generation facilities that are colocated with agricultural
  • Section 11 adds a geothermal energy device to the types of
renewable energy generation devices that cannot be
prohibited in legal instruments related to the transfer or sale
of, or interest in, real property;
  • Section 13 includes an independently owned geothermal
energy system, which is defined in section 12, in the
property tax exemption for household furnishings;
  • Section 14 creates community geothermal gardens, which
are analogous to community solar gardens; and
  • Sections 15 and 16 create conforming amendments to the
definition of qualified community location to incorporate
community geothermal gardens for purposes of local
improvement districts and municipal special improvement
Section 1 requires the office to update the greenhouse gas
pollution reduction roadmap to expressly include geothermal energy as
a renewable energy resource that qualifying retail utilities may use to
achieve the electric utility sector greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals
set forth in the roadmap.

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